Charlatan!

It’s a running joke between my wife and I where I claim I did all these amazing things in the 11 days between my birth and hers and counter her challenge by asking to be proven wrong. Whether or not I invented rope (which I did) isn’t the topic here though. This is about the guy in my office who likes to pontificate and speaks like he came up with common phrases or ideas. To be fair, this guy’s been working for about 25 years and has seen and done a lot of things that people can benefit from hearing…

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Promises I Didn’t Make and Can’t Keep

Trying to deliver on someone else’s promises is frustrating, especially when you weren’t involved in making those promises. To make matters worse, this person won’t acknowledge that their commitments can’t be delivered on in the time frames promised. But, rather than face reality and let an already-overworked team know that the revised delivery dates are okay, the message back is, “just work harder.” Thanks, we’ll get right on violating the laws of spacetime. And so the frustration goes. So much so, that it’s akin to screwing your dick into a light socket connected to a dimmer switch. At first it…

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Proposed Fire Fighting Payment Structure

A letter I wrote to the City of Edmonton’s Utility Committee and my councillor in opposition of a proposal to change the City’s Fire Fighting payment structure: I’m writing to you in response to a news story I read about City Council considering a proposal that would see an adjustment to the Fire Fighting payment structure for the citizens of Edmonton. The proposal is to be discussed at the Sept 1, 2011 Utility Council meeting as agenda item 6.2 – 2012 Operating Budget Guidelines – Public Fire Protection Water Services Update – Proposed Amendment to Proposed Bylaw 15816. I am…

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So, how’s it feel to be married?

Since marrying the love of my life, I have been asked repeatedly how it feels to be married. My response to this tends to be, “about the same as it did the day before I got married.” The other question people love to ask is when are we having kids which I answer with a shrug and something indeterminate like “eventually” or “when we decide to.” Having had time to reflect more on the “feeling” question, I’ve noticed that my thinking has shifted to being much more protective of my wife. Not in the “I’m a man, watch me hunt and…

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